Definition of bobsled in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbäbˌsled/


North American
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A mechanically steered and braked sled, typically manned by crews of two or four, used for racing down a steep ice-covered run with banked curves.
Example sentences
  • Sports most frequently training in Lake Placid include biathlon, bobsled, figure skating, ice hockey, luge, skiing and speed skating.
  • Denny thought Johnson represented the ideal crossover athlete for bobsled, so Johnson began to make the changeover from summer to winter sports
  • Although existing one-dimensional studies of bobsled dynamics and sled performance are useful, to design a simulator we need to fully characterize the surface of the track and the motion of the sled in three dimensions.


Ride on a bobsled.
Example sentences
  • Tubs was recently featured in a Coca Cola commercial, where he bobsledded with the Jamaican bobsled team.
  • Sorry, not all of us bobsledded out of our mother's crotch with a Craftsmen tool set strapped to our foreheads.
  • He skied and bobsledded on facilities used for the 1952 Winter Games and was steeped in Olympic heroes and feats.


Mid 19th century (originally denoting a sled made of two short sleds coupled together and used for hauling logs): from bob2 in the sense 'short' + sled.

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Syllabification: bob·sled

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